It feels strange to be writing something here in first person narrative instead of second. I guess it goes.
All I want to do is get a thought down where it's accessible.
The nation's dual obsession with and terror of sexuality in young, unmarried women closely follows the statistical risk of each subgroup's propensity to become pregnant and/or give birth. The statistical subgroups most likely to give birth or seek abortion before age eighteen, broken down by race, religion, and economic status, are also the groups most vocal about their opposition to sexuality. This is not a new phenomenon, as Alfred Kinsey's sex studies of the 1940s show a definite positive correlation between education level and personal sexual permissiveness. Lower education level is correlated with the religious groups, and to some extent the racial and economic groups, statistically least likely to approve of sexual exploration or openness in any context.
It follows that those with lower education levels and those whose decisions are dominated by faith rather than insight (e.g. religious individuals, or those who closely follow tradition and/or "conventional wisdom") are not knowledgable about birth control and therefore come to fear sexuality itself, seeing sex acts as direct portals to disease, abortion and unwanted birth, and completely ignoring the dozens of intermediary options available them. The syllogism completes itself correctly, but the initial assumptions made by those who fear biology are obviously incorrect.
I'll tell you about today.
Nah, I'm having a hard time finding PVC pellets and the more organic alternatives wash out in the rain.
And I'm going to see you very, very soon.
What can't wait?
I'm going to see you soon enough.
Be kind enough to put a face on the threats you think you're up against here, will you?
A sense of peace has come over me since I unsubscribed from Freecycle.
Today was good. The anarchist didn't call me, which made life sad. I wish the people who I loaned CDs to would bring them back. One in particular, since I loaned it to him eight months ago and he's leaving for college. I need the sense of closure; if he lost it, fine.
How was painting?
Ironically, Colombia already enjoyed low-tariff access to the U.S. market under the Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Eradication Act. But those preferences are set to expire on Dec. 31 and the U.S. government, increasing its leverage during free trade talks, announced they wouldn't be renewed.
Uribe, who faces re-election May 28, has been touting the agreement as a major foreign policy achievement.
But Cano, who considers himself a free trader, said the rush to sign an agreement was a "grave error." His concern has been echoed by poverty relief advocates and several economists, among them Nobel Prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz.
The concern is that by liberalizing trade, Colombia could see a repeat of the 1990's, when coca production skyrocketed.
Although a direct link is hard to prove, the opening up of the state-heavy economy last decade, which was blamed for leaving hundreds of thousands of rural workers unemployed, coincided with a tripling in coca production.
"Every time the agricultural sector has been weakened, the cultivation of illegal crops has strengthened," said Cano.
April 26, 2006